Friday, June 27, 2008

Jukebox Friday: Vacation Edition.

It's time for a short summer hiatus here on the 'Tube, so this will be our last post until mid-July or so. To tide you over until then, here are a collection of oddball videos.

From 1983, the Swedish band Ubangi does "The Little Cat and the Dirty Dog":

Addictive, ain't it? That's why I present it to you again. Here's Ubangi doing that song live on Swedish TV:

Viking metal roolz! Here's Oort, hailing from Estonia, with their song "Ă–ised Orjad":

"I Feel Happy" by the Super Preachers:

Zlad has been called a musical version of Borat. You be the judge. Here is "I Am the Anti-Pope" (banned by the Eurovision Song Contest!):

And finally, a silly fan video for Wesley Willis' "Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's":

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, R.I.P.

I woke up this morning to the sad news that George Carlin had died. The guy was a maverick, one of his generation's great storytellers and thinkers, and a huge influence on me personally. All you youngsters out there owe it to yourselves to hear his work -- especially from this late '60s-to-early '80s heyday. The man was a genius.

So, in tribute, we'll be foregoing the usual Bollywood Monday or Mashup Monday post in favor of these classic Carlin bits.

As expected, every obit/tribute is beginning with this, his "Seven Words You Can't Say on TV" routine, which provided the fuel for a landmark Supreme Court case that eventually changed the face of obscenity law and television in general. The original routine exists only on audio, but here's an update from the late '70s:

Isn't this what we all want, a place for our stuff?

Personally, I prefer baseball to football:

Editing the Ten Commandments:

But the best of Carlin came from the pre-YouTube age. Thankfully, his comedy albums are still readily available. I highly recommend "Class Clown," "FM & AM," "Occupation: Foole," "Toledo Window Box" and "Classic Gold," which collects most of the highlights from that era.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Jukebox Friday: Yestersongs.

Here's some more REALLY old school jams to start off your weekend...

Gordon Terry's live performance of "It Ain't Right":

Before "Pulp Fiction" there was the much crappier "A Swingin' Affair." Dick Dale and his Del-Tones do their familiar "Misirlou" in a bad movie:

In fabulous living color, Wilbert Harrison takes us to "Kansas City":

Oh, Scopitone gods.... You've given us such wonderful and goofy gifts. Like this early music video for Brook Benton's "Mother Nature, Father Time":

More Scopitone fun -- Donna Theodore singing what deserves to become a drag queen classic, "Femininity":

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Last of the Famous International Playgirls.

Now THIS is a TV show I wish I could have seen. It's the Japanese series "Playgirl Q," which ran from 1974-1976. It was a sequel to the more famous "Playgirl" and starred Sawa Tamaki, Azuma Michi, Hagiwara Mimi, Kathy Nakajima, Nakamura Akiko and Ikeshima Ruriko. Think of it as a Japanese "Charlie's Angels," but cooler. Here are the opening and closing credits (watch out for boobies!):

[via TV in Japan.]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Coen Brothers!

ZOMG!!!!1! A new Coen Brothers movie is coming!

It's called "Burn After Reading" and looks to be (thankfully) a rather dark comedy. (Warning -- this is the R-rated trailer, so some of the language is NSFW):

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bollywood Monday: Kurukshetra.

From the film "Kurukshetra," this is the song "Aap Ka Aana" sung by Mahima Chaudhry and Rakhi Sawant. As a special bonus with this clip, we get subtitles!

[via Ugly, Ugly Bollywood Fugly.]

Friday, June 13, 2008

Jukebox Friday: The Now Sound.

Some hot new tracks for your summer listening enjoyment....

Gnarls Barkley, "Going On":

The Pinker Tones, "Happy Everywhere":

Mystery Jets, "Two Doors Down":

Wale, "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.":

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dog and Chimp Level Downtown Tokyo. Film at 11.

The dog and chimp in question are Japanese television sensations Pankun and James. Here they are cosplaying as Ultraman and a giant monster rival.

Check out more of their antics here.

[via TV in Japan.]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dance Fighting!

Now THIS is how you win a b-boy battle -- with the awesome power of stop motion animation:

[via Monkeys For Helping.]

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mashup Monday: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The variety of "Star Wars" mashups and recontextualizations available online just seems endless. Here are a few of my favorites, although you can easily find many more where these came from.

"Star Wars" done in "Pulp Fiction" style:

Vader vs. Shatner:

Yoda sings Louis Armstrong:

Yoda and Jar Jar try to figure out what's the fella's name on first base:

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jukebox Friday: Nicki's Way.

Today we salute unknown rocker Nicki Rose, in the name of unknown rockers everywhere. Rock on, Nicki! You truly are an electric warrior at heart:

"Electric Warrior":

"Battle in the Sky (The Desperate)":

"The Rock Stars (Nicki's Way)":

[via WFMU's Beware of the Blog.]

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Power Pill Primate.

Someone taught a chimpanzee to play Pac-Man. Next thing you know, the damn dirty apes will be using this skill to take over the world.

[via Monkeys For Helping.]

Monday, June 2, 2008

Mashup Monday: Hip Hop Audio Meets Old School Video.

The Beastie Boys meet "Star Trek: The Animated Series":

Run-DMC meets some hoofers from the Red Army: